International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

 

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Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities can ensure that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age. For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs.

These global International Standards summarize the currently available scientific evidence, describing interventions and policies that have been found to result in positive prevention outcomes and their characteristics. Concurrently, the global International Standards identify the major components and features of an effective national drug prevention system. It is our hope that the International Standards will assist policy makers worldwide to develop programmes, policies and systems that are a truly effective investment in the future of children, youth, families and communities. This work builds on and recognizes the work of many other organizations (e.g. EMCDDA, CCSA, CICAD, Mentor, NIDA, WHO) which have previously developed standards and guidelines on various aspects of drug prevention.

The documents are presently available only in English, but they are being translated in all UN official languages and will be uploaded shortly.

 

International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

Appendix I - References

Appendix II - Description of the methodology utilized for the collection, assessment and utilization of the scientific evidence

Appendix II Annex I -  List of mediating variables

Appendix II Annex II - Instruments for the assessment of evidence

Appendix II Annex III - List of interventions and possible study designs

Appendix II Annex IV - Summary of the quality assessment

Appendix II Annex V - Summary results of 'good' and 'acceptable' studies

 

 

Last updated 10 March 2013
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[1] For a working definition of 'intervention', the related term 'programme', as well as 'policy', please see Annex I.